The CBOE has withdrawn
their proposal for the much anticipated and long-awaited VanEck SolidX bitcoin ETF
. If the the US government shutdown continued through Feb. 27th, the ETF would have been approved by default. Gabor Gurbacs, Director of Digital Asset Strategy at VanEck, tweeted
that the withdrawal is temporary.
STO issuance platform Swarm
introduced a new pricing model
, doing away with initial fees. Their new free-tokenization
proposal, unlike any competing system, simply requires the issuer to set a funding goal, then when the goal is reached, the issuer receives a stake between .5% and 1% in SWM tokens. The new system was piloted by TheArtToken, a tokenized portfolio of art, which successfully raised over $16 million.
The average daily Bitcoin transactions relating to darknet markets
have almost doubled
over the course of 2018. These kinds of transactions have been steadily rising the past few years, slowed only by crackdowns on large darknet markets like Alphabay and Hansa.
A hacker was allegedly selling tens of thousands of documents
containing the personal information of cryptocurrency exchange users. Employing the moniker “ExploitDOT”, the hacker explained the documents contained stolen KYC information
, including photos of users holding their passports with faces visible with even geo-location information embedded in the photos.
Distributed Technology Research, a non-profit foundation made up of the academics from seven Universities including MIT and Stanford, with backing from hedge fund Pantera Capital Management LP, is working to create a cryptocurrency that can process thousands of transactions a second
The head of work group on cryptocurrency issues of the State Duma Elina Sidorenko squashed recent rumors
about the Russian government buying billions of dollars in cryptocurrency
. “The Russian Federation, like any other country in the world, is simply not ready today to somehow combine its traditional financial system with cryptocurrencies,” she explained in an interview at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Moscow.